Actresses Ann Reinking and Bebe Neuwirth are heading back to the New York revival of Chicago to help celebrate the show becoming the second longest-running production in Broadway history. Reinking, who also choreographed the musical, took centre stage as Roxie Hart when it first opened in May, 1996, alongside Neuwirth as Velma Kelly, Joel Grey as Amos Hart and James Naughton in the role of Billy Flynn.
Now all four original stars will return to the Great White Way for cameos on 23 November (14) for a special performance to mark the theatre record.
Chicago, which will have racked up 7,486 performances in 18 years by the time the curtain falls on the November show, will take over the second-place title from Cats, which recorded 7,485 shows on Broadway between 1982 and 2000.
However, the 1920s-based musical still has a way to go to claim the top honour - that is held by another Andrew Lloyd Webber production, The Phantom of the Opera, which is still running at the Majestic Theatre after more than 11,000 performances since 1988.
It's tough to be an actress in Hollywood. The pressure to maintain the perfect look and body can be overwhelming. Not to mention, all the other random free radicals that result in some actresses getting cast in television shows or movies over others. That being said, there's still a little magic involved in joining the cast of a series. Some television series might have the perfect cast and last for over 10 seasons or they could be cancelled after a few episodes. Here are a few actresses who seem to be the Typhoid Marys of their respective series.
She’s sexy, effervescent, and a more than decent actress. And yet, she’s been attached to so many failed series. She starred in the ill-fated American remake of the hit Britcom Coupling, Rebecca Romijn’s failed hour-long dramedy about a newscaster Pepper Dennis, and a remake of the film The Witches of Eastwick, Eastwick. She also starred with Brooke Shields in the Candace Bushnell Sex and the City follow up Lipstick Jungle as a character named Victory Ford. No joke! She also starred in a multiple episode arc of Jack & Jill.
Did someone say Jack & Jill? Before starring on the wildly popular American Horror Story Paulson starred in multiple failed series including slumming it in the ill-fated WB series with Ivan Sergei and Amanda Peet. Not only was she a series regular on that train wreck, she also starred in a few amazing, yet prematurely canceled, series. American Gothic was an addictive supernatural series about a town full of secrets where Paulson played a mentally challenged girl that died and came back as a vengeful spirit. She also starred in Rob Thomas’ follow up to Veronica Mars, Cupid starring Bobby Cannavale. It was a charming little series about a romance expert meeting the disempowered Greek god. It featured the return to television of Emmy nominee Anna Chlumsky. She was also lead actress on the critically acclaimed Saturday Night Live satire Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Does this mean the magic of The Supreme is keeping American Horror Story on the air?
Lucas starred on the ABC teen drama Life As We Know It. Despite her stunning good looks, she has had a long run of starring in failed series. She played an irritating fiancé on the remake of Melrose Place. She was in the series Friends with Benefits starring the hilarious and dreamy Ryan Hansen which didn't seem to even make it on the air. She was also on the equally obscure CW series Cult. Sadly, Lucas has had equally unfortunate movie roles with films like The Covenant, Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son, and the Amanda Bynes/Channing Tatum classic, She’s The Man. Could this curse have been the cause of Bynes’ insanity?
Reeser needs an exorcism, stat! She is the perfect blend of girl-next-door, sunshine, and sex appeal. She steals every scene she is in and can deliver both comedy and drama. However, she has had a string of cursed roles. When her deliciously irritating character Taylor Townsend was upgraded to series regular on The OC, it was quickly canceled. She went on to play The Oracle of Delphi in a modern retake on the Aphrodite myth with super sexy Jaime Murray leading Greek gods in trying to bring love to mortals. She was the only good part of the misguided superhero family dramedy No Ordinary Family. She most recently starred in the quickly cancelled military drama Last Resort with Scott Speedman.
"I had no plan to act. I used to do it when I was a kid. As a teenager, I did theatre in New York, television when I was a kid. But music took my heart. And that's still the nucleus of my creative life. But I met (Precious director) Lee Daniels in a restaurant. He walked up to me and said he had been trying to reach me and that I should be acting and if I had even a drop of my mother's talent that I'd be OK." Rocker Lenny Kravitz on his decision to return to acting, following in the footsteps of his late mother, Roxie Roker, who starred in the popular U.S. sitcom, The Jeffersons.
Ashlee Simpson is to reprise her stage role as Roxie Hart in Brooke Shields' Chicago spectacular at the Hollywood Bowl. The singer/actress will join Stephen Moyer, Lucy Lawless, Samantha Barks and Drew Carey in the upcoming production, which will run for three nights at the fabled Los Angeles venue at the end of July (26-28Jul13), according to BroadwayWorld.com.
Simpson made her professional stage debut as Roxie Hart in the West End production of Chicago in 2006. She reprised the role for her Broadway debut.
Shields, who also starred in Chicago on the London and New York stages, will make her directorial debut by taking charge of the show.
Brits Stephen Moyer and Samantha Barks will be heading back to America's prohibition days when they take to the stage for a three-date run of Chicago at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles next month (Jul13). The True Blood star will take on the role of lawyer Billy Flynn while Les Miserables beauty Barks will play seductive murderess Velma Kelly.
In a post on Twitter.com, the actress writes, "Very excited to announce that I will be playing Velma Kelly in Chicago at this year's Hollywood Bowl!! I'm so excited!"
Drew Carey will play hapless husband Amos Hart, while Lucy Lawless will star as prison warden Mama Morton. The actress who will be playing Roxie Hart will be announced at a later date.
The production, which will run at the huge venue in Los Angeles from 26-28 July (13), will be directed by Brooke Shields, who has graced the stage in both the Broadway and West End versions of the hit show.
The actor, who passed away at his home in El Paso, Texas from apparent natural causes, was most famous for his role as George Jefferson in sitcom All in the Family and he later starred in a spin-off series, The Jeffersons, which featured a predominantly black cast.
Several stars have taken to their Twitter.com accounts to remember Hemsley and praise his legendary character, with rocker Tom Morello declaring, "RIP the great George Jefferson. Thanks so much to comedic pioneer Sherman Hemsley for bringing a black family into my white hometown."
Kravitz, whose late mother Roxie Roker was Hemsley's co-star on The Jeffersons, writes, "Rest in peace Sherman Hemsley. You are legendary. Your contribution changed the fabric of American culture. Growing up watching you on set with my mom was monumental", while Denise Richards adds, "George Jefferson, RIP Sherman Hemsley a comedic genius...my thoughts are with his loved ones.."
Referencing the show's theme tune, Movin' On Up by Ja'net Dubois, Duhamel states, "RIP Sherman Hemsley. MovinOnUp to heaven now", while director Smith laments, "G'bye, Sherman Hemsley. Your George Jefferson was so beloved, it earned you your own successful sitcom! Huge bucket of win! Move on up, sir."
Actress Marlee Matlin tells her Twitter followers, "Sad to read about passing of Sherman Hemsley, aka George Jefferson. RIP. Always very sweet to me", and Omar Epps adds, "RIP Sherman Hensley! Thank you for your art & making me laugh throughout my childhood!"
Seth Green, Tamera Mowry-Housley, Russell Simmons, Jesse Williams, Alyssa Milano and Holly Robinson Peete also paid their respects to Hemsley on the microblogging site.
Teen idol Jonas was recognised for his recent stint in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, in which he played the lead role of J. Pierrepont Finch before the show closed last month (May12).
Brinkley was the lady of the hour - the former supermodel was honoured for her portrayal of Roxie Hart in hit musical Chicago.
Michael Presser, executive director of Inside Broadway, which hosted the event, says, "Inside Broadway's aim is to pass down the rich legacy of musical theatre to future generations so that the magic, music and universal themes of the genre are not lost but rediscovered... Our honourees this year have each without a doubt greatly contributed to that cause."
The ceremony, held at the Big Apple's Hudson Theatre, featured a performance from Million Dollar Quartet star Elizabeth Stanley.
There's nothing quite like being at the movies in the middle of the day on Wednesday. And there's nothing like withstanding a barrage of penis jokes from everyone's favorite '70s newsmen before it even hits noon. That, in a nutshell, is what it was like to watch the long-awaited Anchorman: The Legend Continues teaser trailer that rolled in front of the day's first screening of Sacha Baron Cohen's The Dictator. Of course, we don't all get excited over 30-second bits of films for nothing, so here's what it was like in that theater when the lights went down. And if you aren't a fan of said dirty jokes, just consider these contents NSFTB (not safe for total babies).
First teaser of the pre-Dictator promotional slate: Four figures against a backdrop of blinking lights straight out of a Roxie Hart number. But wait! One of those figures has a cowboy hat! And one of them has a '70s mullet! Could it be? Just then, we get that iconic shot: The one one from the matching Anchorman 2 teaser poster. That's right: God-awful 1970s loafers. "This is it!" I say to no one, because who's at the movies at 11:30 AM on a Wednesday?
And slowly into the spotlight walk our most beloved misogynists: Champ Kind (David Koechner), Brian Fontana (Paul Rudd), Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), and of course, Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). Then it gets weird and wonderful. Rudd gets to deliver the line so classy it belongs in San Diego: "It's jean-creaming time." Clearly over his love affair with Lamp, Brick struggles to come up with his own catchphrase, hilariously trying on other dirty phrases like "You're gonna cream" and "This is gonna make you cream." So, I suppose we could surmise this might be a good movie?
And just in case we didn't understand that Brian and Brick were not talking about Cool Whip, Ron Burgundy, jazz flute extraordinaire, clears things up for us: "Hey America. Isn't this an old-fashioned shot to the nutsack?" And we're back. Sure, it's more disgusting than eating a whole wheel of cheese. But we're not mad; that's amazing.
Are you already lathering on the Sex Panther in anticipation of this sexy journey to Anchorman 2-land in 2013? Will there be pirate hookers? Will Ron Burgundy choose milk once again? And more importantly, will it be a bad choice?
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Pamela Anderson is reportedly in talks to make her Broadway debut as murderess Roxie Hart in Chicago. According to celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, the former Baywatch beauty is set to star in the revival of the John Kander and Fred Ebb musical in the role played by Christie Brinkley, Brooke Shields, Melanie Griffith, Ashlee Simpson and Bebe Neuwirth, among others.
The former wife of rocker Billy Joel has played Roxie Hart in the musical on Broadway and in the West End - and now she's bringing her theatrical debut to Los Angeles' Pantages Theatre.
Brinkley, who first played Hart in New York last year (11), will take to the stage in Los Angeles in May (12).
Last year, she revealed her ex-husband pushed her onto the stage and was far from surprised when her stint on Broadway was a big hit.
She said, "Billy and I would be cooking in the kitchen, doing Broadway shows all the time - singing and dancing."